One day after singer and model Cassie Ventura, also known as Cassie, filed a lawsuit against music mogul Sean Combs, a settlement has been reached. Ventura accused Combs of rape, abuse, and human trafficking. The lawsuit alleged that Combs sexually assaulted Ventura in a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2003, when she was 19 years old. She also claimed that he subjected her to years of physical and emotional abuse, including threats of violence and intimidation. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages and a jury trial. Combs denied the allegations and filed a countersuit against Ventura. Neither side has disclosed the terms of the settlement.
Since the settlement, both sides have released statements regarding the lawsuit. Ventura’s legal team released on statement on her behalf saying, “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control. I want to thank my family, fans and lawyers for their unwavering support.”
Combs also released a statement with striking similarities to Ventura’s words, “We have decided to resolve this matter amicably, I wish Cassie and her family all the best. Love.”
After Combs statement was made public, his attorney Ben Brafman released a follow up statement, “Just so we’re clear, a decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing. Mr. Combs decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”
The lawsuit was the latest in a string of legal battles Combs has faced in recent years, including one with his former chef, Cindy Rueda, who accused him of sexual harassment and wrongful termination. This case marks a victory for Ventura. It is not clear if Combs will face criminal charges for the alleged assault. Ventura has said that she will not press charges, however, the settlement does not prevent the authorities from taking action.
This whole ordeal is a reminder that survivors of sexual assault and abuse have the right to seek justice and to be heard. It also shows that these cases can be resolved in a civil court without the need for a criminal trial.
To read all the shocking accusations Combs is accused of view the legal document below. The document contains some graphic details that may be disturbing and inappropriate for some. Discretion is advised.
Written by: Steven Ragsdale & Aminah Sillah Baker